An Introduction to Free Motion Embroidery with Jo Hill Textiles

Today we’re chatting to Jo Hill, of Jo Hill Textiles to learn about free motion embroidery and how to get started. Jo is a textile artist and designer based in the Staffordshire countryside, making luxury textile wall hangings, cushions, lampshades and chairs inspired by British wildlife. Using a lovely selection of sumptuous fabrics together with … Continue reading An Introduction to Free Motion Embroidery with Jo Hill Textiles

New Look 6447 Knit Dress

After the success of the first New Look 6447 I made back in the spring, I had to make another! I loved the fit of the bodice, with its separate waist piece, and this paired with the pencil skirt gave a classic hourglass silhouette; it is so very flattering and I felt so special wearing … Continue reading New Look 6447 Knit Dress

Channelling My Inner Bardot.. 

You know that moment when you end up panic speed sewing the night before you're due to go out...? Yes, that one. You fly home, with your scribbled doodles that you sketched during a conference call, ready to swing into action the moment you set foot in the house. Many of us sewists have been … Continue reading Channelling My Inner Bardot.. 

The Ten Commandments Of Sewing With Jersey

I began sewing with jersey pretty soon after I started sewing. When I looked at my own (ready to wear) wardrobe, I had a lot of jersey items and loved the fit and comfort so it seemed the obvious choice to sew with (I'm also not a huge fan of ironing so anything easy wear … Continue reading The Ten Commandments Of Sewing With Jersey

Short Girl Problems: Altering Trouser Patterns

It's no secret I love my first pair of Marigold trousers...yes, despite the MC Hammer debacle (!!) There's still a little summer left and I was keen to have a pair of light trousers to see me through to Autumn. So the Marigold Trousers are back for a second showing and are less deep seated … Continue reading Short Girl Problems: Altering Trouser Patterns

Have you seen my Guest Post on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network?

The lovely people at Minerva Crafts invited me to guest on their Blogger Network - I decided to make a Tilly & The Buttons classic: the Mathilde. This beautiful summer staple, made with soft floral print dobble cotton has been a key feature in my wardrobe in recent weeks. I love the button down back … Continue reading Have you seen my Guest Post on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network?

Ahoy There! – The New Look 6483

If you’re looking for an easy wear, pull on tank for this summer, I may have just found it in the New Look 6483. I was drawn to the different views of this pattern, and in particular view C, which features slightly cut away shoulders; the silhouette looked really pretty, although the range of styles … Continue reading Ahoy There! – The New Look 6483